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Connecticut insurance policies can no longer exclude rental car companies from underinsured motorist liability in some cases. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Underinsured motorist coverage is provided in most auto policies to be sure that someone who is injured or whose vehicle is badly damaged is fully compensated. Some policies provide an exclusion when the underinsured vehicle is owned by a rental car company that has been classified as a self-insurer by the state.

Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court reviewed a case of underinsured motorist coverage and the rental car company exclusion as a self-insurer to determine whether the precedent set in a 1996 case should be overturned.

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Steven A. Meyerowitz

Steven A. Meyerowitz, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the founder and president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. He may be contacted at [email protected]

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